Cedric Waldburger speaks about being part of the team that later became Dfinity, leading growth at the company, why education might be the killer app for blockchain technology, his motivation and approach to storytelling, differences between Dfinity and other blockchain startups, starting his first company at age fourteen, why mentors are so important, measuring his life in quarters, productivity tools for entrepreneur, his investment theses, why he doesn’t normally invest in ICOs, investing for learning, different types of blockchain entrepreneurs, why he finds the blockchain space so fascinating, how he makes better decision, why he likes simple questions that don’t have simple answers, owning only 64 things, minimalism vs. consumerism, growing up in Switzerland, building “the blockchain state”, what blockchain technology could do for the world, misunderstandings about blockchain technology, and what he’s still learning as an entrepreneur.
Cedric holds a master in computer science, and he is a serial entrepreneur, startup founder, investor and blockchain enthusiast since 2012. He co-founded DFINITY – a blockchain startup backed by Andreesen Horowitz – and eight other high-tech companies in Europe and the US. He also has a video blog where he documents his experiences and travels and he produces the video series Inside Dfinity.
Also mentioned in the podcast:
The Blockchain and Us newsletter
To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the
Related Episodes and Posts July 6, 2018 Science, Academia, and the Blockchain – Roger Wattenhofer, Professor at ETH Zurich January 16, 2019 How to Build on Bitcoin – Lucas Betschart, Founder, 21 Lectures, President, Bitcoin Association Switzerland January 23, 2019 “This Is What the Blockchain Is and How It Can Change Your Life” – Niloo Ravaei, Head of Education at Blockgeeks February 20, 2019 Why the Blockchain Space Needs Better Access – Alexis Gauba, Co-Founder she(256), Mechanism Labs July 30, 2018 Bitcoin’s Early Days and its Eternal September, Bitcoin Association Switzerland, and Why Regulation Kills Innovation – Luzius Meisser, Meisser Economics July 11, 2018 How the Blockchain Disrupts Venture Capital – Michael Sidler, Partner at Redapline July 2, 2018 China and the Blockchain – Zhang Ruidong, Academy of Internet Finance at Zhejiang University July 19, 2018 From Dot-Com Entrepreneur to Blockchain Investor and Enabler – Mathias Ruch, Lakeside Partners/CV VC January 9, 2019 Can Blockchain Technology Keep Humanity Human? – Anne Connelly, Singularity University June 18, 2018 The World’s First Bitcoin PhD – Christian Decker, Core Developer at Blockstream July 23, 2018 How Digital Jurisdictions Help Us Escape 1984 and Take Back Control – Luis Cuende, Co-Founder of Aragon June 22, 2018 The Bitcoin Queen and Her Mission to “Tokenize Everything” – Olga Feldmeier, Co-Founder, Smart Valor February 27, 2019 Why You Need Digital Identity Before Anything Else – Daniel Gasteiger, Founder & CEO, Procivis June 11, 2018 Cryptoasset Management in Switzerland – Lidia Bolla, Co-Founder and CEO, Vision& March 20, 2019 “Blockchain Is Successful When People Don’t Know They’re Using It” – Johannes Schweifer, Co-Founder & CEO, CoreLedger July 4, 2018 Putting Insurance on the Blockchain – Paul Meeusen, CEO at B3i August 29, 2018 How Journalists and the Financial Press Stay Objective About Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology – Peter Hody, Editor-in-Chief, Finews July 13, 2018 How to Tell the Story of Blockchain Technology – Tom Lyons, ConsenSys Research and Advisory January 2, 2019 Just Keep Your Head Down and Build – Jason Goldberg, Founder and CEO of Open Simple Token (OST) June 13, 2018 Making Bitcoin More User-Friendly – Jonas Schnelli, Bitcoin Core Developer November 28, 2018 The Human Story Behind Blockchain Technology – Matthew Allen, Zurich Bureau Chief/Business Reporter at Swissinfo August 20, 2018 Why Cryptoassets Will Soon Be Part of Every Bank’s Business – Niklas Nikolajsen, Founder, Bitcoin Suisse August 2, 2018 A Recap of Zug’s Bitcoin Experiment and How it Energized Switzerland – Dolfi Mueller, Mayor of Zug September 12, 2018 Why Healthcare, Finance, Energy, Education, and Government Are Ripe for Disruption – Joey Krug, CIO of Pantera Capital September 26, 2018 How Blockchains Could Solve the Tragedy of the Commons – Ryan Jesperson, President of the Tezos Foundation February 6, 2019 How Skin in the Game Combats Fake News and Leads to Truth – Preethi Kasireddy, Founder and CEO, TruStory December 19, 2018 Why Some Blockchain Ideas Can’t Wait – Aparna Krishnan, Co-Founder Mechanism Labs December 5, 2018 Blockchain Identity and the Importance of Ethics – Monique Morrow, President and Co-Founder of The Humanized Internet June 20, 2018 The UN, the Pirate Party, and Bitcoin – Alexis Roussel, Co-Founder, Bity June 27, 2018 Is The Real Value of Bitcoin Zero? – Adriano B. Lucatelli, Founder, Descartes Finance August 23, 2018 Why Hacking Smart Contracts is Easier than Hacking Web Servers – Hubert Ritzdorf, Co-Founder, Chainsecurity November 14, 2018 Why China Will Be the World’s Largest Token Economy – Tony Tao, Founder of X-Order, Founding Partner at Neo Global Capital November 21, 2018 Why Crypto Funds Have to Become Tech Companies – Ryan Yi, Investment Analyst at CoinFund September 5, 2018 Why Blockchain Technology Might Become Less of a Binary Idea in the Future of Finance – Jesse McWaters, World Economic Forum October 16, 2018 Why Executives Need Blockchain Literacy – Alison McCauley, Author of Unblocked July 26, 2018 Marketing Basics for ICOs and Blockchain Projects – John Hargrave, CEO at Mediashower July 9, 2018 A New Blockchain Law in Crypto Country Liechtenstein – Thomas Naegele, Naegele Law December 12, 2018 Why Blockchains Empower a New Social Contract for the Digital Age – Don Tapscott, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Blockchain Research Institute June 25, 2018 From Cryptography to Token Economics – Anish Mohammed, Ontici March 27, 2019 How Cosmos Enables the Internet of Blockchains – Brian Fabian Crain, Co-Founder & CEO Chorus One, Co-Host at Epicenter July 16, 2018 Analyzing the Price of Bitcoin – Tone Vays July 9, 2018 The Future is Decentralized, and Why Decision-Making is a “Big, Fuzzy, Hairy, and Messy Thing” – Joe Lubin, Founder, Ethereum August 6, 2018 How Blockchain Technology Redefines Entrepreneurship – Daniel Doll-Steinberg, Atari Token December 26, 2018 How Blockchains Could Create Community Consciousness – Toni Lane Casserly, Founder of Cultu.re January 30, 2019 “Crypto Means Cryptography” – Jan Camenisch, Head of Research at Dfinity October 10, 2018 The Antifragility of Cryptoassets – Alexander Bulkin, Co-Founder of CoinFund June 29, 2018 The Rise of Cryptoassets – Jack Tatar, Author of “Cryptoassets” June 6, 2018 Blockchain Revolution, Two Years Later – Alex Tapscott, Co-Author “Blockchain Revolution” June 8, 2018 The Promise of Blockchain Technology – Rik Willard, Founder, Agentic August 16, 2018 How a Futurist Looks at Blockchain Technology – Lars Thomsen, Future Matters